High Peaks of the Italian Dolomites from the Amazing Rifugios
Join Muench Workshops for a seven night journey on foot through one of the most scenic regions in Europe—the Italian Dolomites! The Dolomites are a range of jagged mountains located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. A number of long-distance paths, called alte vie (high paths) and numbered from one to eight, cross the Dolomites. Italy has a long tradition of mountain hiking, and a network of mountain huts have sprung up over the last 100 years to accommodate hikers on the high paths. These huts—called rifugi, or rifugios—vary in their degree of luxury, but all provide a cozy bunk, plenty of warm blankets, and a toasty fire. You can count on warm camaraderie, a great night’s sleep, and plenty of comfort food to sustain you during the day.
You'll be expertly guided along the way by Muench Workshops co-founder David Rosenthal, and local guide Luka Esenko. Both are veteran landscape photographers who will share with you their tips and techniques for best capturing the magic and tradition of this region. Expect breathtaking vistas, a variety of atmospheric conditions, and plenty to photograph! Over the course of the workshop, you’ll learn about correct exposure, focusing, camera settings, how to focus stack for extreme sharpness through an entire scene, how to best utilize neutral density and polarizing filters, and much more.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip—you will be hiking between two to four hours per day, on trails at elevations around 7,000–9,000 feet. No technical climbing is involved, and elevation gain will be moderate.
June 20–27, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
June 20, 2020: Arrive in Venice this morning. At 1:00 PM, we have organized a group transfer from the Venice airport to our hotel in the Dolomites. After checking in, we’ll head out for a sunset shoot near Cortina and a welcome dinner.
June 21–27, 2020: For the duration of the next several days, we will be photographing from the heart of the Dolomites, and staying in charming mountain huts. In between sunrise and sunset photography sessions, we’ll be hiking along traditional high footpaths. Don’t worry—we’ll be sure to leave plenty of time for rest as well! Some of the regions we’ll be visiting:
Tre Cime di Lavaredo: A steep drive up mountain road takes us to the foot of Tre Cime (Three Peaks). There is about an hour of moderate hike to our rifugio Locatelli, where we will spend two nights. From Locatelli there are great views across the three peaks, and interesting vantages for capturing reflections. Locatelli is also a great base for practicing night photography.
Cinque Torri: The Five Towers is one of the most spectacular regions of the Dolomites, especially during the alpine wildflower season. Our rifugio is located at the steps of the towers and offers inspiring vantages from peaks to valleys.
Lagazuoi: We’ll take a cable car to one of the highest rifugios in the Dolomites. At 9,000 feet, we’ll have stunning views from the rifugio itself, but we can also do short hikes to nearby peaks if desired. This rifugio also features excellent food and even a sauna!
Seceda: From the top of Seceda we’ll be able to look across the Odle group, one of the most scenic mountain ranges in the Dolomites. The views don’t end there, though—we’ll be able to spot the Sella group, Sassolungo, the Funes valley, and even into Austria.
June 27, 2020: After breakfast and potentially a morning shoot, we’ll make our way back to Venice airport. You may schedule your flight home after 3:00 PM afternoon, or we can help you to arrange a few extra nights in the city.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals and transportation during the workshop
All permits and park fees
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Adventure, fun, and inspiration
What’s Not Included?
Air travel to and from Venice, Italy. Passport and visa fees, if any. Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.
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